Mets director of player relations and community engagement Donovan Mitchell Sr. is being tested for coronavirus, the team announced on Thursday afternoon.
Mitchell's son, Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell, tested positive for the virus on Thursday morning. Mitchell was among the Jazz players who were quarantined on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City, following Jazz center Rudy Gobert testing positive before the game against the Thunder, which led to the NBA suspending its season.
"We have been in regular communication with medical professionals and public health authorities over the past several weeks," the Mets said in a released statement. "When news surfaced last night of the situation involving the Utah Jazz, we immediately contacted Donovan Mitchell Sr. to advise him to not report at our facility this morning. Upon learning today that his son, Donovan Mitchell Jr., tested positive for the Coronavirus, we brought that fact to the attention of our medical team, who recommended, as a precautionary measure, that Donovan Sr. be tested, and we are making those arrangements. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and the medical staff will advise us if any additional testing becomes advisable."
Mitchell and the Jazz played against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 4. Per Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Mitchell Sr. was in attendance for that game to watch his son play.
Major League Baseball announced that all Spring Training games are suspended as of 4:00 pm on Thursday, and that the start of the regular season will be pushed back at least two weeks as the league continues to monitor the situation.